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On July 9, 2009, Representative Steve Cohen (D-TN) introduced a bill entitled “The Equal Employment for All Act” (H.R. 3149) that would prevent employers from using consumer credit checks for the purpose of making adverse employment decisions. Florida Representatives Meek and Hastings also sponsor this legislation. Under the Equal Employment for All Act, the Fair […]
Sexual harassment complaints against supervisors are serious and the threshold for establishing retaliation often seems not very high. Thus, it is imperative that employers respond appropriately and consider the consequences of future discipline against a complaining employee – especially discipline from the supervisor alleged to have sexually harassed. For example, on July 10, 2009, […]
Because the “card check” provision of the proposed EFCA Senate bill has been dropped, several commentators considered EFCA all but dead. However, with the “card check” provision eliminated, it is likely that the filibuster-proof majority of 60 Democrats in the Senate will get EFCA pushed through quickly. What that means for employers of all sizes […]
On June 20, 2009, the EEOC announced a $24,000 settlement of a case it brought against an Arkansas nursing home for its failure to continue to accommodate a nursing assistant’s observance of the Sabbath. The announcement indicates that the nursing assistant, who had worked at a long-term nursing care facility for over a year, is a Seventh-Day Adventist, […]
According to this White House press release, Jacqueline A. Berrien has been chosen by President Obama as the new head of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Ms. Berrien, a Harvard grad, was an attorney with the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund. Ms. Berrien also has worked for the ACLU.
Age related discrimination claims were up 29% last year. And the EEOC decided it should do something about it. On July 7th, I posted a note about the EEOC calling a public meeting to discuss age discrimination publicly with a panel of experts. As I suspected, it appears the public meeting in reality constituted a […]